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American Sociological Association: Caroline Hodges Persell Award Statement
scholarly contributions are part of the research and knowledge her
students study and include research about education as well as research
about teaching and learning. It is this unique combination of
understanding education both as a social institution as well as how the
social institution interacts with individual students that highlights
Additionally, Persell has directly, and indirectly, served as a mentor for many of us throughout our careers in two ways. First, she has taken the time to personally assist departmental colleagues, former students, and sociology colleagues as attested to by the many letters submitted on her behalf. Her colleagues at New York University stated that her continued excitement about teaching as well as her excellence for teaching set a high standard for the department. Second, Persell’s contribution to teaching within the discipline includes her work as a member of the ASA Departmental Resources Group (DRG) and as an active presenter and participant in the annual meetings. As a member of the ASA DRG, she has visited a number of different departments as part of their external reviews. Her feedback and professionalism epitomize the role of a mentor.